7 Hour Layover in San Francisco Before Going Home

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And it was time to go home. After two weeks in South Korea, it was time to go home. We managed to each fill up our suitcases to the maximum weight allowed (from all the shopping we did), barely managed to get our suitcases into the car, and off to the airport to go home.

Before finally arriving in San Diego, we had a 7 hour layover in San Francisco. After a 12.5 hour flight from Incheon to San Francisco we met up with a friend in San Francisco for lunch and (a little bit of) site seeing. Our friend picked us up after we made sure we were all checked in for our connected flight and off we went into the city.

Lunch: Dim Sum

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My memories of San Francisco always included Dim Sum and China Town was always a must stop. I don’t know if it was just me, but it almost always seemed to taste better than the dim sum I have in So Cal. We didn’t make it out to China Town San Francisco but our friend took us to a Chinese restaurant between the airport and the city in Daly City. She said she found it on Yelp after seeing decent reviews.

As the Chinese American in the group, I guess I took charge and ordered us a table full of dim sum including the basics. At least I think they’re considered the basics: har gow (steamed shrimp dumplings), siu mai (pork dumplings), chicken feet, spare ribs, a couple of other things that looked yummy, and a pot of Pu’er (普洱) tea. Dim sum never feels right without a pot of my favorite tea (though it’s probably not the best pu’er tea you’ll ever get). I was disappointed by the quality of dim sum, each came out with decent little portions in the traditional bamboo trays.

Also note that most places do not serve dim sum all day, so make sure you check when your flight comes in and if you will make it before they stop serving dim sum. Lucky for us, we barely made it before last call.

Dessert: Ice Cream

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Salted Caramel ice cream

Bi-Rite Creamery is a small ice cream shop located in the Dolores area of San Francisco. There wasn’t much of a line when we got there, but it was obvious that the place was set up and ready for long lines that continued on outside.

It was no wonder our friend insisted that we go get ice cream after lunch. The ice cream just hit the spot for 3 tired girls after a long restless flight. It was not easy deciding on what flavor to get, is it just me or does it actually get harder to decide after trying several different flavors? Lucky for me, my friends are willing to share their ice cream with me. I ended up getting a combination of fruity sorbet flavors, Yunti always gets chocolate, and Vi got salted caramel.

We walked to a nearby park and sat in the grass people watching and enjoyed our ice cream. I think I could have just fallen asleep on the grass if it wasn’t for the melting ice cream in my hand.

Check out Bi-Rite Creamery next time you’re in San Francisco

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Site Seeing

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According to our friend, this is the “best place for the whole view of San Francisco” and I agree – though I can’t really compare. We drove up to Mission Peaks and stopped at a view point. From there we were greeted with some nice (or not so nice) wind. Because of the wind, we didn’t get any good pictures of us with the view nor did we stay too long. That just means, I have to make my way back for more pictures. There were quite a few other tourists arriving as we stared out towards the horizon at the windy summit (that also triggered us to want to leave after our encounters with tourists and tour buses in Jeju, South Korea).

If you have more time in San Francisco, you can also hike up Mission Peaks – hikes with a good view always make it worth it.

We were actually so tired, that we had to cut our outing short and decided to head back to the airport – though we still had plenty of time for another stop. Unless you were able to get some good rest (or sleep) during your long flight to San Francisco, you might not want to adventure out. But then again, why waste your 7 hours in San Francisco? Be a trooper and check out the city!

And that was the end of our 2 week adventure to South Korea. Check out my full South Korea itinerary here. What would you do in San Francisco if you had a 7 hour layover?

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